FRED BACKUS is thrilled to be back in Fringe and in another Piper McKenzie production, with whom he has appeared in Craven Monkey and the Mountain of Fury, Babylon Babylon, The Granduncle Quadrilogy, Macbeth Without Words, Sexadelic Cemetery, The Pragmatists, and most recently in The Bubble of Solace earlier this summer in The Brick Theater’s Comic Book Theater Festival. Other FringeNYC appearances include Another Day on Willow St. and Woman in the Animal Kingdom (Woodward Ave. Productions), Awaiting Repair in the Eternal Hootenanny (Splinter Group), and Horse Country directed by John Clancy (award: Outstanding Performance, FringeNYC).
HOPE CARTELLI is an actor, director and producer, and Co–Artistic Director of Piper McKenzie Productions, which calls The Brick Theater, where she’s an Associate Director, home. Recent acting and directing credits include: the 2010 Fight Fest hit Bethlehem or Bust by Jeff Lewonczyk, Crystal Skillman’s Killer High for the 2010 Vampire Cowboys Saturday Night Saloon Series, Eric Bland’s play Jeannine’s Abortion for the Too Soon Festival, 2009 Fight Fest’s Craven Monkey and the Mountain of Fury, and the Trav S.D. musical Willy Nilly, a hit at the 2009 New York International Fringe Festival. She is a Graduate of Bard College.
STEPHEN HESKETT is thrilled to be working again with the amazing cast and creators of Theater of the Arcade. New York roles include George in The Magnificent Ambersons, Len in Ecstasy, Stanley in The Birthday Party, Laertes in Hamlet, Clifford in Side Man, Francis in The Little One, and Geoffrey in Lion in Winter. Stephen has appeared on stage at the New York Theatre Workshop, the Lark, La Mama, the Ontological-Hysteric, and frequently at The Brick—most recently in BrainExplode! and Galactic Girl. Graduated from AMDA’s classical acting program and studied with Terry Schreiber. Love to the P.G.O.A.T. www.stephenheskett.com
JOSH MERTZ is from Ohio. He is pleased to be making his Fringe debut with this production, and appeared in the premiere production of Arcade in last year’s Game Play Festival at The Brick Theater. Earlier this year, he performed in Ms. Arber’s English-language premiere of Ka for The Brick’s Iranian Theater Festival, and this summer was the co-creator and a performer in the Batman and Elevator Repair Service parody Batz at The Brick’s Comic Book Theater Festival. Other highlights include the lead role in the sold-out world premiere of Two Gentlemen of Lebowski with DM Theatrics, She Loves Me at the Williamstown Theater Festival, and national tours of Crazy for You and The Compleat Wks of Shakespeare (abridged), as well as a bunch of other wonderful stuff, including 5 years with legendary downtown sketch troupe Slightly Known People. Love love love to Sarah.
SHELLEY RAY. So excited to reprise these roles with this tremendous cast! Previous work with Piper McKenzie and The Fifth Wall: Theater of the Arcade (The Brick Theater, NYIT nomination, Best Ensemble), Killer High (Vampire Cowboys Saloon), Suspicious Package (59E59 Theaters), The Granduncle Quadrilogy (The Brick). Other NY credits: El Silencio Grande (Public Theater), Far Away (NYTW), Nothing in the World Like It (Clurman), The Memo (Ohio Theater), Hiroshima: Crucible of Light (Walkerspace), Rhinoceros (Connelly Theater), A Marvelous Curiosity (Metropolitan Playhouse), Rudolf II (Bohemian National Hall). TV/Film: “30 Rock,” “Late Night with Conan O’Brien,” Indelible, Blueberry (Sinister Six). Voice-over work includes youth audio tours for museums nationwide. www.shelleyray.com
Timothy McCown Reynolds loves this show and hopes that you do too! Grateful to all involved. Will be seen next in Action Philosophers at The Brick in October.
JEFF LEWONCZYK (Playwright) is Co–Artistic Director of Piper McKenzie and Associate Director of The Brick. Recent creations for The Brick include The Bubble of Solace (for the Comic Book Theater Festival, which he also executive-produced); the collaborative exquisite-corpse style playwriting project Piper McKenzie’s Dainty Cadaver; the children’s holiday action comedy Bethlehem or Bust (which is published by Playscripts); and the mythic fight comedy Craven Monkey and the Mountain of Fury. A graduate of Bard College, he is married to his partner and collaborator Hope Cartelli, and is most proud of their most recent creation, Dashiell Carter Lewonczyk.
GYDA ARBER (Director) is a writer-director best known for her iPod noir Suspicious Package (The Brick, 59E59 Theater), Suspicious Package: Rx (published in Plays and Playwrights 2010), and her ARG-inspired show Red Cloud Rising (currently running at The Brick). Named “Person of the Year” by nytheatre.com, Gyda is also the director-creator of the interactive play Q&A: The Perception of Dawn and the short film Watching. Also an accomplished actress, she has appeared frequently at The Brick including as Phoebe Zeitgeist in Blood on the Cat’s Neck, Anna Nicole Smith in Greed: A Musical Love $tory, Babylon Babylon, The Ninja Cherry Orchard, World Gone Wrong, and Ich Liebe Jesus! (Virgin Mary).
FRANK PADELLARO (Music, Der Rundegelbenimmersatt) is the leader and principal songwriter of the band King Radio. Besides his own group, he has performed with the BSO, Boston Musica Viva, and Scud Mt. Boys (Sub Pop). His music has appeared in Aaron Baker’s The Language of the Animals and the feature film Home by Matt Zoller Seitz. This is his second collaboration with Gyda Arber.
CHRIS CHAPPELL (Incidental Music) works in the book publishing industry by day. The rest of the time, he produces and composes music for indie theater. He is a co-founder of the theater company Sneaky Snake Productions, whose past plays include Adventurer’s Quest, Brain Explode, and A Brief History of Murder. His music can also be heard in the web series “Four If By Space”; FringeNYC 2010’s How My Mother Died of Cancer, and Other Bedtime Stories; and Sneaky Snake’s next project, 13 Variations on a Gun.
MORGAN ZIPF (Lighting Design) is pleased to be working with Piper McKenzie yet again! Earlier this summer she designed lights for The Bubble of Solace, Piper’s contribution to The Comic Book Theater Festival at The Brick. Morgan is the Head of Production for the Dreamscape Theatre, whose show Whale Song or Learning to Live with Mobyphobia is also a part of FringeNYC this year. www.dreamscapetheatre.org